Canadian singer/songwriter Grimes has defended her decision to go ahead with a planned Russian gig next month (Nov13), insisting she cannot ignore her persecuted gay fans there.
Officials at human rights groups have urged entertainers to boycott Russia after lawmakers recently passed federal legislation which bans the "propaganda of non-traditional sexual relationships to minors" and effectively puts visiting performers on alert that they could be arrested for making any homosexual reference during a show.
Gay actor Wentworth Miller pulled out of a film festival appearance over the new law as a protest, but stars like Sir Elton John have refused to pull the plug on Russian concerts.
And now Grimes, real name Claire Boucher, has joined the list of performers who are refusing to be scared away, insisting she plans to perform at a scheduled private party in Moscow next week (beg03Nov13), despite criticism from her fans.
In a new post on Tumblr.com, she writes, "I do not feel bad about it. I don't think that denying and ignoring the gay community in Russia is cool.
"It doesn't hurt the government if I refuse to tour there. Just regular people. So I don't think it's wrong to be doing this. Refusing to go to Russia would only hurt fans."